New Mexico state executive official elections, 2012

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Two state executive positions are up for election in 2012 in the state of New Mexico.

The primary will be held on June 5, 2012 with the general election on November 6, 2012.

Impact of redistricting

A new map of PRC districts was approved by District Court Judge James Hall on January 18, 2012. The plan keeps most of the geographical divisions from the previous map, leading Brian Sanderoff, a redistricting consultant, to refer to it as a "status quo oriented plan." The plan ended up in court after Gov. Susana Martinez (R) vetoed the initial proposed plan from the Legislature. The court approved plan creates a solidly Republican 2nd District, Democratic leaning 1st, 3rd and 4th districts, while the 5th continues to be a swing district.[1]


Democrat Jason Marks has held the 1st District seat since 2005. It is unclear if he is seeking re-election. State Rep. Al Park (D) has declared his candidacy for the seat.

Incumbent Douglas J. Howe (I) was appointed to District 3 by Governor Susana Martinez on November 7, 2011 to replace Jerome Block who resigned after pleading guilty to two felonies - credit card fraud and identity theft of another agency employee.[2]

Howe has not indicated he will be seeking election to a full term in 2012. Five Democrats - Brad Gallegos, Danny Maki, Valerie Espinoza, Martin Suazo and Virginia Vigil - have said they are interested in the seat. No Republican have announced.

Deadline Event
March 20 Candidate filing deadline
March 30 Deadline for challenging nomination petitions
April 3 Deadline to withdraw from primary election
May 8 Absentee voting for primary election begins
May 19 Early in-person voting for primary election begins
June 2 Early in-person voting ends for the primary election
June 5 Primary election
June 26 Deadline for independent, minor party and write-in candidates to file
Sept 4 Last day to withdraw from general election
Oct 20 Early in-person voting for general election begins
Nov 3 Early in-person voting for general election end
Nov 6 General election

See also

New Mexico

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